Chin implant surgery, also known as chin augmentation, is a plastic surgery procedure which uses an implant to improve the appearance of a weak chin and create better balance among the facial features. The procedure may be performed on its own or in conjunction with other procedures such as a facelift. Good candidates for chin augmentation include healthy patients who are looking to improve the appearance of a weak chin.
Dr. Naderi performs chin augmentation in one of the INOVA system hospitals, which include Fair Oaks Hospital, Loudoun Hospital, Fairfax Hospital, and Mt. Vernon Hospital. The procedure takes about thirty minutes to complete and may be performed with MAC (monitored anesthesia care), local anesthesia, or general anesthesia. A very small incision may be made under the chin or inside of the mouth. Once the incision is made, an appropriately size implant is placed under the periosteum. Dr. Naderi uses Mersilene mesh rather the pre-made silastic or medpore implants. Mersilene mesh offers many advantages as there is no risk of shifting, no need for screws, and the implant’s edges cannot be felt through the skin. With time, the patient’s own scar tissue grows through the implant and the results are very natural.
Recovery after chin augmentation takes approximately seven days. Discomfort may occur during the first few days and this can be controlled with medication. Swelling and bruising are common, and patients may find it difficult to talk and smile at first. Dietary restrictions may be necessary. External stitches may be removed in seven days, while intraoral sutures will dissolve on their own. Most patients may return to work in about five days, though more strenuous activities will need to be postponed for about two weeks.
Q – What is chin augmentation?
Chin augmentation is a plastic surgery procedures which can improve the appearance of a weak chin with the use of an implant. The surgery can help to achieve better balance among the facial features and may be combined with other procedures like a facelift.
Q – What are chin implants made of?
Dr. Naderi uses Mersilene mesh instead of pre-made silastic or medpore implants. There are many advantages to using Mersilene mesh as there is no risk of shifting or implant palpability and there is no need for screws. Once in place, the patient’s own scar tissue eventually grows through the implant, providing a very natural result.
Q – Is a chin implant right for me?
If you are healthy and looking to improve the appearance of a weak chin, a chin implant may be right for you.
Q – What does a consultation for chin augmentation entail?
During a consultation for an chin augmentation, Dr. Naderi will examine your face, take a thorough medical history, and discuss your goals. All aspects of the procedure will be explained including the technique, the anesthesia, the facility, the recovery, the risks, the costs and so on.
Q – Where is the chin augmentation procedure performed?
Dr. Naderi performs chin augmentation at INOVA system hospitals which include Fair Oaks Hospital, Loudoun Hospital, Fairfax Hospital, and Mt. Vernon Hospital.